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Before and After: An Abandoned Living and Dining Room’s Total Turn Around

When Fernando and Maximiliano bought a classic house in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of La Boca, the building had been abandoned for years and every room was begging to be renovated. With a very minimal budget they decided to redo every room themselves.

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Posted on Sep 18, 2017

Starting from Scratch or Semi-Homemade, DIY Curtain Projects You Can Totally Pull Off

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Some people might consider curtains a luxury, others a necessity. If you think about the many benefits that curtains provide, I’d err on the side of necessity. Sure they make a great design statement in a room, but they also can give the illusion of larger windows, create privacy, block out hot summer sun, add a layer between cold winter drafts, and get a nursery ready for nap time. But not all styles, windows, and budgets are alike, so when it comes to curtains, don’t shy away from making them yourself, either completely from scratch or with the help of existing materials. Here’s a roundup of project ideas to get you started…

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Posted on Sep 17, 2017

24 Hours, $50 and One Very Happy Pup — DIY Project

Jennifer’s exceedingly good dog just wanted to hang out in the backyard and protect its home. They live in Seattle however, and as much as Jennifer appreciated the sentiment, the smell of wet dog was wafting through her home a bit more than she wanted. With the help of some downloaded instructions, leftover paint and a few supplies, she found a solution that pleased both dog and owner alike.

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Posted on Sep 16, 2017

Balancing Act: A Simple & Fun Game Even DIY Rookies Can Make — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

One of the greatest intersections of design happens when function and taste meet. Even more so is finding the sweet spot between functional kid-friendly toys and tasteful decor. In an age full of plastic, heavily-branded games, and now fidget spinners and glitter slime, it’s hard to imagine a world where toys and games can double as home decor. Unless, that is, you purchase an expensive artisanal alternative, or make your own. So in an effort to balance function and taste, as well as artisanal and affordable, I give you this DIY balancing block game.

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Posted on Sep 16, 2017

Cyanotype Fabric: The Easiest Abstract Art Project You’ll Ever Try — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

I’m seeing blue everywhere these days – kitchen cabinets and islands, sofas, and curtains, to name a few. What about adding those stunning blue hues to your walls? And no, I don’t mean with paint .

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Posted on Sep 15, 2017

Two Big Reasons To Paint Over Your Exposed Brick Right Now

I’ll just start off and say that there’s a lot to love about exposed brick walls. I’ve lived with many over the years, and there’s no substitute for the warmth, texture, and authenticity they bring to a room. But those are just the pros, because exposed brick can also be kind of a nightmare. So, read on to decide if all that historic charm is worth the headache.

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Posted on Sep 14, 2017

How To Make Your Own (Affordable) Floor Mirror

Ryan and Michelle are all about DIY projects in and around their Annapolis, Maryland home. Whether it’s propagating bamboo for privacy fencing, re-tiling bathrooms, or building custom furniture pieces, they love projects that allow them to save money while making their house more of a home. Ryan’s latest project – a DIY floor mirror – is no exception. Learn how to make your own by following his helpful tutorial.

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Posted on Sep 10, 2017

How To Make a Leather Bench with Only One Power Tool — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

I have a confession: Sometimes using power tools scares me. I know – that’s embarrassing for a DIY-er to admit. But I also know, deep down, I can’t be the only one who feels this way. So, what if I told you that you could make this bench with minimal tools and minimal upholstery skills? Seriously, there is no sewing involved. A stylish bench like this one can go a long way, giving an entryway more definition, or finishing off a bedroom with that high-end, end-of-the-bed bench look. Either way, it’s furniture design at its simplest.

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Posted on Sep 7, 2017

Sliding Barn Doors Aren’t Just for Fans of HGTV’s Fixer Upper

Like shiplap and farmhouse sinks, sliding barn doors are one of those trends that seem to have gained in popularity thanks to HGTV’s Fixer Upper. However, I think that the appeal of this sliding door isn’t just about achieving that particular rustic style. Instead, it’s a smart solution for odd-sized pass-throughs, since you can easily trim the door to the size you need. Sliding barn doors are also a handy space-saving alternative to French doors, since you don’t have to worry about losing square footage to accommodate door clearance. They’re also relatively easy to install compared to other options (like pocket doors), since a key component to the look is the exposed sliding track.

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Posted on Sep 7, 2017

Easy Affordable Ways to Add Extra Counter Space to Your Kitchen

Ask the average person and they’ll tell you more kitchen counter space is never a bad thing. For about $160, Ashley of The Gold Hive added over 10 feet of additional work surface to her existing setup, which gave her more prep space, added flexibility, and filled in some awkward visual gaps in her kitchen’s current layout. If you’re a renter, or just don’t want to spend a bunch of money, check out her three very do-able and very affordable methods.

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Posted on Sep 5, 2017

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